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welcome to "world news tonight." we start with america on alert. vigilance across the nation. tighter security at sporting events. flights diverted, as holiday travel picks up. the terror attacks taking a toll. in the line of fire. the american rock band detailing the moment terrorists took over their paris concert. as the hunt is on for the eighth attacker, bringing a european capital to a standstill. blast of winter. heavy snow batters the middle of the country. dangerous roads, 1,000 flights cancelled. snow filling football stadiums. your thanksgiving travel forecast coming up. point blank. the medical student recovering tonight after stepping in to save a woman. her attacker shooting him in the stomach, then aiming for his head. police now naming a suspect. and, record breaker. the retired navy s.e.a.l. and his death-defying flight.
why he's going the distance for his fellow veterans. good evening. thanks for joining us. i'm tom llamas. we begin with the heightened sense of vigilance at home tonight. around the country, special precautions at weekend sporting events. a professional wrestling event in atlanta taking extra steps, and a predawn drill simulating an active shooter scenario. what to do what a suicide vest is involved. air travel worries also. ron claiborne with the story from laguardia airport tonight. >> reporter: tonight, americans on edge, heading into some of the busiest travel days of the year. this southwest airlines plane diverted because officials say three people were behaving strangely.
>> when someone says you're making an emergency landing, you're going to be nervous. >> reporter: the flight headed to los angeles. the passengers taken off the plane, questioned, and then later allowed to get on a different flight. in atlanta, law enforcement saying they received investigation about a threat against a professional wrestling event tonight. the fbi said it had no specific or creditable investigation on an attack. adding, it takes all threats seriously. >> terrorist groups are always looking for softer targets. those with a lot of people, but difficult to secure. >> reporter: in new york city, hundreds of responders taking part in an exercise. a ser terrorist in a suicide vest now added to the scenario. today, president obama vowing that fear of being targeted by terrorists will not become the new normal. >> they can't beat us on the battlefield, so they're trying
to terrorize us into being afraid. and as president, i won't let that happen. >> reporter: here at laguardia and other airports around the country, many travelers will be seeing a much heavier presence from police, for weeks and probably months to come. tom? >> ron, thank you. tonight, the center of europe's terror crisis is brussels, belgium. the city virtually substitute -- shut down. it's also the home of this man, the suspected eighth paris attacker. tonight, the hunt for him is on. martha raddatz is in brussels tonight. >> reporter: tonight in brussels, in the heart of the city, the police and military blocking off the streets.
brusqely moving pedestrians and warning journalists after a threat was reported. >> if we start shooting you are in the crossfire. >> reporter: it appeared to be a false alarm, but it is no wonder they are on edge. tomorrow this city, will be on lockdown, the subways shuttered, schools closed, shopping malls, restaurants, all potential targets in what belgian officials fear is an imminent mass casualty attack, by multiple assailants in multiple locations. the paris scenario. the u.s. embassy urging american citizens to shelter in place. the search tonight focussed on salah abdeslam. believed to be on this surveillance video. shooting at one of the restaurants in paris. authorities say he drove to belgium, passing unnoticed through three security checks. the lawyer for his companions telling abc news he may have been wearing a suicide belt. abdeslam's brother saying in interviews today that the family
thought he was going on a ski trip when he disappeared prior to the attacks, and now he is hoping he ends up in jail rather than dead. outside that brother's home today, in a neighborhood that has sent more than any other here to fight and train syria, this 15-year-old told me there are some people in the neighborhood who are terrorists, but that doesn't mean that everyone is. but until abdeslam is found, and the other men they believe are stalking this city, prepared to attack, brussels will remain on high alert, reassessing the security threat every day, taking no chances tom. >> we see that high alert right behind you. martha, thank you. and in paris, people are still gathering outside that concert hall where some 90 people were killed in the attacks. this photo of the american rock band onstage just before the attacks began. tonight, for the first time, the band is speaking out. lama hassan is reporting from paris tonight.
>> reporter: breaking their silence for the first time, the eagles of death metal describe what happened that night. >> several people hid in our dressing room, and the killers were able to get in, and killed every one of them, except for a kid that hid under my jacket. >> reporter: about 30 minutes into their set, this was the bone-chilling moment the band knew something was wrong. you can hear the gunfire ringing out, the attackers storming in. the drummer crouching down. in the upcoming exclusive interview with vice news, lead singer jesse hughes describes the courage their fans showed. >> so many were killed is because so many people wouldn't leave their friends. >> reporter: the band managed to escape on foot. but among the dead was their merchandise manager nick alexander. his girlfriend polina buckily remembering him at a vigil. >> he's the best man that ever lived. >> reporter: tonight, outside the bataclan, you can still see
people coming here to pay their respects, nine days after the attacks. tom? >> lama, thank you. terror also striking the west african country of mali in the past few days. at least 19 people died. as well as at least one american. tonight, we'll hear from two americans that narrowly escaped. here's alex marquardt. >> reporter: it was eight and a half hours of terror. >> i just knew i was dead. >> reporter: you had resigned yourself to the fact that you were dead? >> yeah, basically. >> reporter: the assault started at 7:00 a.m. as state department contractor terry kemp stood outside the radisson blu hotel. he fled back inside, diving under a dining table. >> they never looked, they were shooting, the shells were hitting me. they never looked. i don't know why. >> reporter: after the attackers set the room on fire and left, kemp crawled through the smoke to the american rescuers and safety.
>> i heard a spray of definitely gunfire. >> reporter: kathie fazekas was up in her room. she immediately barricaded the door and called for help. was there ever a point you thought, we're not going to get out of here? >> when the gunfire was going down the hallway, i e-mailed my husband a second time. he's in atlanta. and i said i love you. if this doesn't turn out right i love you and let people know. >> reporter: of the around 20 americans inside, one was killed. aid worker anita datar from maryland, in mali on a project for usaid. this attack has been claimed by an al qaeda linked group based in north africa. mali's defense minister would not confirm the claim, but said whoever is behind it is part of the growing wave of terror being seen around the world. tom? >> alex, thank you. following that string of attacks, terror is now a top concern in the race for president. and a new poll out tonight shows donald trump holding a firm
lead. then carson, rubio, cruz, and bush. and tonight, the front runner with strong words on torture, and how he says some american muslims reacted after 9/11. here's devin dwyer. >> reporter: tonight donald trump is turning up the tough talk about terrorists and drawing cheers. >> we've got to chop off that head like they're chopping off the heads of our people. >> reporter: just take a look at who republican voters trust most to handle terrorism, in our new abc news/washington post poll. trump topping the list by far. >> so you'd bring back waterboarding? >> i would bring it back, yes. i think waterboarding is peanuts compared to what they'd do to us. >> reporter: trump reopening a debate about interrogation and torture and stirring up new controversy over this claim about 9/11. >> i watched when the world trade center came tumbling down, and i watched in jersey city, new jersey, where thousands and thousands of people were cheering as that building was coming down.
>> you know, the police say that didn't happen and all those rumors have been on the internet for some time. >> it did happen. i saw it. >> you saw that -- >> it was on television. i saw it. >> reporter: while some around the world cheered after the 9/11 attacks, there's no known evidence of crowds in new jersey coming out to celebrate. trump says he wants a database to closely track refugees in america and wants surveillance of mosques. at his rallies -- >> get him out of here! get him out! >> reporter: tensions are running high. on saturday in alabama, this black lives matter protester claims he was beaten and subjected to racial slurs after heckling trump. >> maybe he should have been roughed up because it was absolutely disgusting what he was doing. >> trump leads ben carson by ten points. the fourth straight month he's held the lead. and in iowa, where carson has been ahead, early signs that trump may be closing in.
>> devin, thank you. and to the weather tonight. parts of illinois getting some of their biggest november snow totals on record. take a look at that. dangerous for travel as well. near bloomington, this jackkn e jackknifed semi. and nothing moving at airports, cancellations at o'hare. and phillip mena is in illinois tonight. >> reporter: a blast of winter, across the midwest this weekend. blinding snow and icy roads. >> i don't think i've gone faster than 15 miles an hour. >> a few people were in ditches. >> reporter: near bloomington, illinois, wind gusts reducing visibility. and more than 1,000 flights cancelled at chicago airports. o'hare setting up cots for nearly 900 passengers stranded overnight. some suburbs getting as much as 16 inches of snow.
chicago's snowiest november in nearly 100 years. the storm, snapping trees and power lines. jolting some residents out of bed. >> the power line went into the street. it was crazy. >> reporter: were you prepared for so much snow? >> it's a bit of a shock. coming from the warm weather we had. so, no, not really. >> reporter: stadium workers in iwa also scrambling before the iowa/purdue game. back here in chicago, it's only gotten colder since the storm. that created huge snow piles like this one. but the good news, it is expected to warm up in time for thanksgiving. >> thank you. and rob marciano is here. that's really early for a snow storm in chicago. but you're tracking another storm? >> here's the next storm coming in. to the pacific northwest, wind, rain, snow, and cold air. watch as it moves south of
portland and seattle. pressing lower into san francisco. record highs in los angeles, but now this big trough will dig into the southwest. if you're traveling over the mountain passes, it could be dangero dangerous. and we want to go back to chicago. a fire broke out at one of the most famous skyscrapers. the hancock center. firefighters going floor by floor evacuating residents. five people were slightly injured. still ahead on "world news tonight." the search for a dangerous shooter. the chilling video as a suspect opens fire on the man trying to rescue a woman. how the victim survived.
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tulane university, drives by the scene. gold brakes, backs up and gets out to help. his hands up, gold pleas with the man, who has a gun on him and is demanding cash. the aspiring doctor is shot in the stomach. >> perp is a black male, grey hoodie. >> reporter: the suspect tries to shoot gold but he fails and takes off in this suv. an anonymous bystander saw it all. >> i saw the guy with the gun shoot the guy in the stomach. i saw the guy fall. and i saw him stand over him and attempt to shoot him. >> reporter: in a statement to abc news, gold's family thanks everyone for their continued concern. saying peter's condition is improving. a friend and classmate describes him as a great guy who "always has your back." gloria riviera, abc news, washington. >> we're glad that student is recovering. coming up, a singing
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make it back. >> i couldn't imagine making the sacrifices that i've already made and then at the end of the day not having him to come back to. >> reporter: despite being seriously wounded, andy did make it back to his wife, his three kids. but lots of his friends didn't. >> it was a huge help to know that there are people and organizations back here at home that are willing to step in, in case something happens to you. >> reporter: stumpf served ten tours of duty in afghanistan and iraq. now he says his fight is to help those still fighting to protect our country. john donvan, abc news, washington. >> we thank andy for his service. we thank john for that story. "gma" first thing tomorrow morning, david muir will be back tomorrow night. i'm tom llamas in new york. have a great evening. good night.